Sunday, March 25, 2012

Cowgirl CQ...How I Build Borders

This quilt began as a class demo project back in Witchita last November.  Little did I know then that my Cowgirl CQ would grow into a very large quilt.

Since coming home from teaching I have submerged myself in this project, scarcely coming up for air as I create more borders for it.  I don't want to show you the whole thing until it is sewn together, but the following sequence of pictures shows how the borders have been a building....

First I lay out my pieces on top of the muslin foundation strip.  I have learned to think in terms of how I can "pre-piece" them before I applique them onto my foundation.

Very logical!  Here are my chunks that are now ready for ironing under and pinning.

I took this detail shot to show how it is possible to line up the seams in two different chunks (the gold flower print on the red is lined up with the red and beige plaid.)  This will look much better than if I had "missed" this mark by even a 1/4 inch.

How I love my new flower headed pins!
For ironing under edges and pinning I lay my border strip right over a ruler.  It seems to withstand the heat of the iron tip just fine, and there is no accidentally pinning the muslin into the ironing board cover as I go...

Using clear monofilament thread in a zig zag stitch, all is sewn down securely with no raw edges showing.  Even those hexies are all turned under and neatly stitched.

Now, multiply this times 10 and that's about how much border area I've built since coming home.  I love piecing in the vintage fabrics and lace, and even vintage blocks along with my present day trims and cottons (and a very few silks.)
This quilt is definitely wild and crazy....hopefully when all is sewn together it will appear to have some structure supporting the chaos.  You'll see in a few days, hopefully!

6 comments :

Debra Spincic said...

Love seeing all the cottons you are using!

Synthia said...

It is so fun to watch you put fabrics and trims together. You are amazing!!

Susan Elliott said...

You SEAM to come up with speedier and speedier piecing ideas. Today, I am crowning you...

The Crazy Quilting Piecing Queen

I am SOOO glad for your piecing innovations because the flip and sew method just doesn't work that well when you are using precious fabrics...or want to use curves...or want to move fast and do a large area like your borders. I recommend your book to everyone! And this tip isn't even in there! Better write another book Allie...

Albert Einstein would be proud of you...and more humbly, so am I...xo Susan

Barbara C said...

Those are some really dynamic results. I love the little bit of the antique block in the mix.

It was fun reading about your travels. It looks like you're enjoying your career as a teacher.

Pam Kellogg said...

My goodness Allie, I don't think you sleep anymore than I do! Gorgeous work! And I see something familiar! ;)

Hugs, Pam

Ulla's Quilt World said...

Thank you for your lovely and interesting blog! :)
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Hugs, Ulla